March 2012 to December 2014
Despite years of significant economic growth, there are still high rates of poverty in Peru, rates which pose major challenges to the country’s economic and social development. In Lima, Peru’s capital and its largest city, a significant portion of the population does not hold a quality job. Youth, particularly females, are most affected by unemployment and underemployment. As a result of poverty, many youth in Lima are being drawn into risky activities including informal work and membership in gangs.